In response to minimum unit pricing legislation coming into effect in Scotland today (Tuesday 1 May) Professor Dame Parveen Kumar, BMA board of science chair, said:
“Scotland should be proud to be the first country in the world to introduce minimum unit pricing today after winning a protracted Supreme Court battle. We appreciate the efforts of the BMA in Scotland and other organisations who made this legislation a reality. England must follow suit urgently.
“Minimum unit pricing in England would end the heavy discounting of high-percentage alcohol and reduce alcohol-related harm among the heaviest and youngest drinkers while leaving people who drink responsibly largely unaffected.
“With the costs of alcohol-related harm estimated to be £20bn in England alone, of which £2bn is spent on healthcare, there are economic arguments, as well as a public health case, for the introduction of minimum unit pricing.”
Notes to Editors
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